Construction injuries are far more common than you might think. L&I may help, but it may not be enough when a serious injury occurs due to someone’s negligence. If you are injured on the job, or even worse a loved one has died from job related injuries, you need the help of a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive construction injury attorney.
Premier Law Group can help you no matter where you live in Washington State. We routinely make home and hospital visits. We truly go the extra mile for our clients and we believe our experience, past results, and personal attention make us different from most other Washington attorneys.
If you are injured on the job, you need to keep two goals in mind:
1.You want to recover from your injury. Make sure you get the best medical care.
2.You want to secure the most money possible to pay for all your medical expenses, loss of income, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.
These goals are best accomplished by following certain steps. By doing the following things, you will make it easier for your doctor and lawyer to do their best for you.
Report Every Complaint Thoroughly
If you have been injured on the job, it is no time to play the strong, silent type. It doesn’t matter how insignificant your different symptoms may seem, make sure to tell your physician about all of them, regardless of the doctor’s specialty. Tell your doctors all of your complaints from head to toe. Be as thorough as possible. Some minor symptom, such as stiffness, headache, or dizziness could be early symptoms of a much greater problem. If months later that problem becomes more severe, your attorney can prove it was related to the accident because you immediately had complaints in that area of your body.
A common example of that is spinal injury such as disc herniation. In patients who suffer from back and neck pain, most doctors try months of physical therapy and medication before an MRI is recommended to rule out spinal injury. However, if the patient complained of radiating pain, or numbness and tingling, early on in the course of her treatment, an attorney can prove the disc damage which is detected months later is a result of the accident. Important Note: Pain that radiates to the arms, legs and across the shoulders as well as a sensation of numbness or tingling in arms, fingers, legs and toes are early signs of spinal injury. If you have these symptoms, tell your doctor immediately.
Preserve the Evidence
Take photos of wounds, lacerations, bruises, and all other physical evidence of your injury. A bruise may fade in a day. Buy a disposable camera if you have to. Also, take photos of the site where the injury took place. Evidence is often cleared away and may never be available again.
Sometimes independent witnesses can make the difference in a case. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anybody who witnessed your accident. Having the ability to prove through independent witnesses that an accident happened the way you say it did can be the difference between winning and losing.
Keep a Journal
From the time of your accident to the time you fully recover, or to the time your case goes to trial, many important details will be forgotten. The day that you sat there and watched your friends ski but couldn’t do it yourself because of your pain, may not be a significant day in your life. But, remembering that experience and telling the jury how you felt that day will draw a more compelling picture in the jurors’ minds than any doctor can paint by describing your construction injury in medical terms. Keep a journal and write your daily experiences in it. Make sure you note any restrictions your injury causes and pain you experience. Share this information with us so that we may better understand the full extent of your harm. That will enable us to convey it better to the jury or whoever we are settling your case with.
Continue Your Treatment
It doesn’t matter why you stop going to the doctor. If you do, you are risking that the jury will assume that you were feeling fine and didn’t need treatment. It will also take longer for you to recover from your injury. Many reasons might seem logical at the time but, when your long-term health is concerned, don’t rob yourself of a healthy future. By following a consistent treatment plan, you enable your attorney to prove the ongoing nature of your pain and suffering and to show that you did everything you could to get better.
Do not sit and wait for your doctor to refer you to another specialist. If a certain type of treatment is not helping, talk to your doctor or us about other methods of treatment. Many doctors have a difficult time giving up on you and believe they can eventually heal you. While that may be true, you owe it to yourself to get a second opinion from a specialist. If for example, your back pain has not resolved after a few weeks of physical therapy or chiropractic treatment, you should consult with an orthopedist or neurologist.
As long as you are in pain, you need to see your doctor and medical providers consistently. If no treatment has proven helpful, you still need to make and keep your doctor appointments so that you can tell your doctor about your complaints. Ultimately, the main proof of your injury will be the medical records created in your visit to your doctor’s office.
See the Right Doctor
For different types of injuries, there are different types of doctors that you need to go to. For some injuries, you may need to see more than one type of doctor. The following general guideline may be used as a reference. However, this is only a brief coverage of the topic. A physical examination by a doctor is needed to determine which type of specialist is needed in your case.
Neurologist – Severe consistent headaches, dizziness and vertigo, numbness, paralysis, loss of motion and/or feeling, loss of memory, loss of consciousness and/or change in cognitive functioning may require a neurologist’s analysis or testing.
Orthopedist – Spinal injuries, severe and continuous neck and/or back pain, pain and discomfort in shoulder, knees, hands and feet as well as all broken bones or other spinal and bone related injuries usually require visiting an orthopedist.
Psychologist / Psychiatrist – Anxiety, depression, withdrawal, fear, phobia, and other behavioral and mood related symptoms must be examined by a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist.
Physical Therapist / Chiropractor – While the above mentioned doctors will treat patients by medication or surgery, most everyone who has muscle, tendon, ligament and spinal injury could benefit from a course of physical therapy and chiropractic treatment.
Obviously, there are many other specialists that have not been listed such as Opthalmologists, Otolayrngologists, Podiatrists, etc.
By following the above, you will have done your part in providing us with all the tools necessary to obtain for you the absolute maximum recovery possible. Of course, we do not want you to undergo any unnecessary treatment or examination as it will undermine the legitimacy of your injury claim as well as create unnecessary medical bills which may not be compensable.
How Premier Law Group Will Help You
First, we will help you decide whether you even need a lawyer – if you can settle your case on your own, our free book can help provide the guidance you need to do just that. For more complex cases, you will want to have an attorney to get the best settlement possible. Remember, the trauma you experience right after car accidents can be the tip of the iceberg. It is not until you have healed fully that you can know about the full nature and extent of your injuries, including if you have any permanent damage. Insurance companies will pressure you to settle before you know the full extent of the impact of an accident. That’s not right, and we will stand up for you! We will:
- Listen carefully to your needs, questions and concerns
- Handle ALL the legal issues so you can focus on healing
- Deal with the insurance companies – sometimes there are more than one!
- Order all medical records and bills related to your injuries
- Walk you through the litigation process so you fully understand what is happening
- Communicate with you regularly so you know how your case is progressing
Why You Should Choose PLG
Premier Law Group’s construction injury attorneys have years of experience successfully representing families who have suffered the devastation of a construction site injury in Seattle, Renton, Federal Way or Bellevue. We have won millions of dollars for our past clients, and we will do whatever we can to help you recover the maximum possible compensation.